This silver Sisiult bracelet was designed by MOA Featured Artist Lou-ann Neel. The sisiutl is a legendary creature found in many cultures of the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, notably the Kwakwakaʼwakw people group. The two-headed Native Sea Serpent symbolizes protection, supernatural power and revival.
In Coast Salish culture, Sisiult is believed to have created the rivers throughout the Salish territory. The Sisiutl is a supernatural three-headed serpent that possesses shapeshifting abilities and the ability to turn spectators into stone when gazed upon. Not only can the Sisiutl change shape into a human or animal, but it can also transform its body into a self-propelled canoe that the owner must feed with seals.
Lou-ann Neel is originally from Alert Bay and grew up in Victoria, BC. In her home territory, the Kwak’wala names she carries are K’iditle’logw, Ika’wega and Ga’axstalas. She is a descendant of the Mamalilikala, Da’naxda’xw, Ma’amtagila, ‘Namgis and Kwagiulth tribes of the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwak’wala-speaking people). Neel has been designing and creating original works for over 30 years, working first in wood carving and original painted designs and moving on to textiles and jewelry design.